With the rush of final preparations for Saturday’s Dracula Con extravaganza going great guns, I was again doing most of the hosting for the weekly coffeehouse. The massive and gorgeous white coffin that has been converted into a cooler for soft drinks was up on the bar for all to see. Attendance this time out […]Read more "Windber Coffeehouse Nights, October 11, 2018"
Death Doesn’t Bargain by Sherrilyn Kenyon (Historical Fantasy Novel, 2018). Bestselling author Sherrilyn Kenyon does so many book series, in so many genres (often, as here, blending several genres together) that it’s very hard to keep up with it all. This one is the 2nd book in the Deadman’s Cross cycle. I haven’t seen the previous […]Read more "REVIEWED: Death Doesn’t Bargain"
The owner/operator of the Grand Midway, Blair Murphy, had business that kept him from being on hand for much of this Thursday’s coffeehouse. Accordingly, he asked yours truly to pinch-hit for him. I agreed, of course–I mean, why not? Being paid a bit to attend my favorite place, where I’d be spending the evening regardless! […]Read more "Windber Coffeehouse Nights: September 6, 2018"
The Poppy War by R. F. Kuang (Fantasy Novel, 2018). Like many writers, this first-time fantasy novelist has drawn on elements of a real-life subject she knows about (in this case, Chinese history and mythology) as inspiration for an imaginary world series. There’s nothing wrong with that, yet I must confess to some slight ambivalence in […]Read more "REVIEWED: The Poppy War"
Yes, it was another Thursday night at my weekly hangout: A haunted onetime hotel turned spooky (but very fun) coffeehouse. But first, there was time for another of my favorite activities: DINNER! What used to be Windber’s Coal Heritage Museum (and way before my time, the town’s Post Office) is less than a block from […]Read more "Windber Coffeehouse Nights: 19 July 2018"
This installment of the Grand Midway Hotel’s weekly coffeehouse featured mostly familiar faces, plus one actual newcomer, a couple quirky films on DVDs (both comedies, though otherwise quite unlike one another), one regular’s persistent smartphone frustrations, another visit by two psychic researchers, and yours truly conveying good writing news (polite way of saying bragging) even […]Read more "Windber Coffeehouse Nights: July 12, 2018"
The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden (Historical Fantasy Novel, 2018). This is the second in a series of novels that capably blends Russian folklore/fairy tales and medieval history into spirited adventure fiction in an exotic wilderness. Arden’s first novel introduced readers to Vasya, a young noble woman with the gift of seeing supernatural creatures […]Read more "REVIEWED: The Girl in the Tower"